2018 Golden Gate Candidate Forum Announced

One of Southwest Florida’s largest candidate forums featuring a straw ballot vote, the Golden Gate Candidate Forum will be held from 6:30-8:30, Monday, July 11, at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway.

Hosted by the Golden Gate Area Civic Association, the Golden Gate Estates Area Civic Association and the NAACP of Collier County, previous Golden Gate Candidate Forums have drawn more than 600 voting members of the public. The straw ballot will be conducted by the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office and there is no age limit for voting. The ballot results will be announced to the public at the conclusion of the forum.

Candidates vying for positions or issues pertinent to the Golden Gate or Golden Gate Estates community are invited to speak and respond to written questions from the audience. Participating candidate will be provided display space to share candidate information. All candidates for office are invited to attend to meet and greet voters. Candidates who have not confirmed should call 239-289-7450.

For additional information or updates, go to http://candidateforum.goldengateisgreat.com/forum/ .

May General Membership Meeting

In May we will be joined by Collier County’s Joe Bellone, Director of the Financial Operations Support Division, and Steve Messner, Utility Water Director, who will discuss the transition of our water utility services in Golden Gate City.
Following the recent takeover, most customers are seeing a drop in their water and sewer bills. What’s next and where can we expect to see water expansion. Come and find out!
See you at the meeting!
Ron Jefferson

Community Clean-up and Golf Tournament Benefit

Clean out your garage and get rid of all those hazardous waste items for FREE – Saturday, May 12, from 8-11 a.m., 4400 Golden Gate Pkwy.

Join the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for a Golden Gate Kids Camp Golf Tournament, Saturday, May 19, 8:30 am shotgun start at Hammock Bay Golf Resort.



Golden Gate City – A Walkable Community Update

Help Make Our Streets Work For Everybody!

The Golden Gate City Walkable Community Study will address safety, access, and mobility for people of all ages and abilities who walk, bike,
drive, and use transit in our community.

Part Two: Recommendations

In January, we held walking and biking audits, stakeholder meetings, and community meetings.

Please join us to talk about what we learned and the draft recommendations.

Tell us which tools might work best to make Golden Gate City more walkable.


Open House: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Presentation: 5:30 PM

4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34116
Families are welcome!
Spanish translators will be available.

Call Brandy Otero at 239.252.5859

July 4th Flag Posting

8 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2017
Golden Gate Fire Station #70

We have re-organized the way we post the flags along the Golden Gate Parkway medians on patriotic holidays.

Segments of the Parkway are now assigned to teams that will post flags along their designated areas. If this is your first time assisting with this project, please meet at the Fire Station on Golden Gate Parkway at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, and we will show you where and how to safely post and collect the flags.

If you have assisted before and would like to get an earlier start on your segment, you can stop by Ed Rogan’s house (1741 45th Terrace SW) as early as Friday evening to pick up your flags. Otherwise, meet at the fire station at 8 a.m. to collect your flags.

The assigned segments are posted below. ADDITIONAL HELP IS ALWAYS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED!!! If you can help and have not been assigned a team, please call Kaydee at 239-398-1748 or email kaydee@tuffnews.com. The single-person teams can really use the help. If we get considerable volunteers, I will re-post the teams with the additional helpers.


Santa Barbara to Canal (52nd St.) – Pat and Gordon Spencer
Canal to 50th St. – Lee & Lizette Froloff
50th to Tropicana – JB & Dusty Holmes
Tropicana – Sunshine – Greater Naples Fire District
Sunshine to 45th St. – Anissa Karim
45th St to 44th St. – Ron Jefferson & Maria Metzger
44th St. to 43rd St. – JR and Emely Pagan
43 St. to 42nd. St. – CeCe and Louie Zenti
42nd St. to 41st St. – Erick Wingrove, Daniel Dragan
41st St to Collier Blvd. – Kaydee & Russell Tuff


To make sure the flags are uniform in their presentation, please post a flag at EVERY OTHER segment in the curbing. We will be posting flags around the entire island, not just the ends. If you have additional flags and would like to decorate around trees, that is fine.

*Please keep a count of how many flags it takes to complete your segment. This will be helpful in distribution of flags for future holidays.


Because the assignments have been divided up by streets (rather than by islands) you may find that the island extends past your designated area. Use your own judgement – if the island ends close to the street, finish it up. If there is still considerable island past your assigned street, leave it for the team for whom the area is designated. Call Kaydee (398-1748) with any questions.

Please collect your flags Tuesday evening, July 4, and return to Ed Rogan’s house

Join us for our Golden Gate Civic Association July Business Breakfast


5247 Golden Gate Pkwy

Naples, FL 34116


Stop in before you head to the office!

Topic: “Navigating the perils of DIY Payroll for small business owners”

Laura Osete
Business owners have more than enough to do than to worry about instead of making sure they are in compliance with the IRS when it comes to Payroll.

40% of small businesses get fined an average of $850 each year due to:

  • Paying a contractor that should be an employee
  • Failing to have correct labor posters posted in correct area
  • Missing or paying payroll taxes late

These are simple fixes with just outsourcing your payroll to a licensed and insured company that will take over full liability.

There will be a Q & A session to ask for more specific information.

Sponsored by IBERIABANK


To Register – Click Here!

Laura Oste Bio

I moved to Naples with my entire family from Miami in 2009. I am married to my best friend and biggest fan and we have 3 beautiful children.

Small business has been in my life since my parents bought their bakery when I was just 13 years old. I know the hard work and dedication it takes to make your own business successful. I have been and still am in your shoes. My husband and my oldest daughter run our business so that I can focus on helping others.

I chose to work for Heartland because of what they believe. They believe in being transparent and treating people with respect and honesty. What company creates a bill of rights for all business owners and challenges other companies in our industry to follow the same beliefs? The Merchant Bill of Rights can be found at www.merchantbillofrights.org. If you are not currently being treated that way, it is something to consider.